- March 22nd, 2011, 5:09 pm
So, I just played through the first level on PSN. It's Ghostbusters! Ahhhh! I should be thankful they even make more Ghostbuster stuff!! Why am I hatin'?! I dunno...
First and foremost, I got the game for the story. I am slightly unimpressed, but optimistic. It's clever to bring back some of the canon characters, but I feel there is a bigger hole in the plot than the containment unit when Peck is around. Why would they take Poha to an insane asylum? I mean, the Ghostbusters wouldn't vouch that he's ok or take care of him? I mean, I guess they did just leave him at the end of GB2. Only the Mayor, Dana, and the 'Busters are seen on the steps of the museum. Poha is in the game just so they can have a canon baddie come back. I feel he's a gimmick. The other game had a tight story and made sense for the most part.
Gameplay wise, I just read an article that said it was inspired by Smash TV. The gameplay doesn't seem nearly as manic and I would have rather had quick powerups and awesome different guns than strategizing with the Proton Pack if that's the case. Shoot a couple big ghosts and some minor one-hitters, move on to the next room. Frankly, the game so far is boring. Let's hope it heats up!
Finally, the audio. The music is all original, sans the iconic pop song. The score sounds like it's ripping off some of the major movie score themes, but they couldn't get the rights to the actual music. It's kind of disappointing because it sounds very generic. The new recording of the Ray Parker, Jr. theme plays at the menu. There is no voice acting in the game. I think the story could have been set in L.A. or something and then you eliminate the problem of voicing the 4 originals and you're set to start.
These are first impressions. I hope the story gets better, though I kind of wish they would just publish the damn thing as a comic book. Reading through the story and dialogue is tedious. I don't know the rookies well enough and sometimes just bubbles are floating when characters aren't in the frame and so I have no idea who is talking. There has been virtually no humor, sadly, except for one chuckle, which was Poha doing all this for his love of Dana.
I'll fill you in after level 2 tomorrow.